Op: Dinner Out – still recovering…

I’m still recovering from our wonderful Sat. night event, Operation Dinner Out. This experience was amazing on many levels. I just had to get on here and thank a few key people who without their help, I would have been in a deep mess.

(I plan on writing more highlights in the next few days, once I catch up on my sleep and Im not on the road anymore.)

An event like this takes a team of volunteers to selflessly give their time and energy for a cause greater than themselves. Our goal was to make all the ladies in attendance feel appreciated for all their sacrifices they experience in support of their husbands duty to protect and defend this great nation of ours.

Coming in from TN and needing on-site help, I asked two individuals to assist with the evening. Tammy from Mayport and Megan from Kings Bay (who writes on this blog). Now these are women who I had never met in person only via the “internet” and “phone calls”. They handled the registration desk and stuffing of our bags among other things. They were amazing and I am SO thankful for their help! Toby who managed to take my .jpg files and turn them into usable art work. Our wonderful AV guys from the hotel staff who set up our wireless microphone. We had planned a DJ and had a video presentation with Navy Wife Radio highlights, but our production company ran into an emergency the day of the event and we were forced to do what will mil-spouses do best. “Adapt and Overcome”. The heavy rain caused late arrivals and we made the decision to delay the start of our program. Thank you to all of you who were patient with us.

It goes without saying Marie, we had so much fun hosting the night for you. Its important to note she took the day to spend preparing and enjoying time with all of you just days before her husband will be gone at school for six weeks. Marie among other things (receiving and storing tons of boxes), spent hours emailing and making phone calls promoting the event and even handed out flyers on the soccer field. Now the women on her boat “know who she is” , “She’s Marie on Navy Wife Radio??!”. We both (believe it or not) tend to be private people. This was our first “event” where we stepped from out of the shadows of “internet radio” to LIVE and in person. It was a HUGE step for both of us and Im thankful we were received in such a warm way.

Meeting all of you in person was a bit overwhelming, exciting and so much FUN! Thanks to some great email blasts from the local bases and organizations, we had women in attendance who had never listened to one of our shows or even been on our website. How exciting!

We learned a lot during the process of planning this event. Through your comment cards we learned what you loved and how we can improve. We will take all your suggestions to make our next event even better!

I had so many of you come up to me and tell me you had a wonderful time, had a fabulous dinner and really enjoyed Sarah. I had TONS of hugs and I met the sweetest brand new Navy wife who singled me out to tell me this was her FIRST wives functions and that she was go glad she came! ….and with that, I’ll call the night a success!

I’d love to hear about your experience! Please send me an email to wendy(AT)navywiferadio.com or leave me a comment! Oh…..and please ladies send me your photos!!

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9 Responses

  1. I rec’d this via email – thanks Melanie!!

    I just want you two to know what a fabulous event you put on last night. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was festive, and the speakers were soo funny. Actually, the whole crowd was funny! Considering we have attended MANY Navy functions in 17 years, this was definately one of my highlights- even without a dance floor! I was honored to meet you and look forward to your next event. Oh, and the swag was top notch. I even got a foot rub from my daughter when I got home….I’m walking on cherries today! Thanks again, Melanie

  2. I rec’d this via email – thanks Kristen!!

    “I still can’t get over that you, the Wendy I know from work, is the same Wendy that I hear on the radio show! I’m learning the sub world is a very, very small world! LOL” – Kristen

  3. Melanie,
    This fact you have attended events for 17 years and this was a highlight for you is such a fantastic complement! Our goal was a night full of FUN and it sounds like you experienced some!! Thank you for coming and don’t forget to listen to the show this Tues!

  4. Kristen –
    Yes, it was surreal to see someone “I know” as I mentioned, no one really knows just who “Marie and Wendy” are….and well…thats not the case anymore. ha! I hope you’ll still listen now that you know its me and not some “professional”. ha!

    It was great to re-connect with you & Kristen…Im hoping we can keep in touch!

  5. Dear Wendy and Marie –

    Wow, what a FABULOUS event! It was quite a treat to finally meet both of you in person. You are just as fun and warm as you sound on the radio.

    I am so glad the night was a great one for you, as I know you both worked very hard. Big high fives!!

    Thank you again for the honor of being your speaker. I am humbled and touched.

    Sincerely,
    Sarah Smiley

  6. I had a ton of fun!!! I’ve got to say that it was really nice just having the wives out at an event for once! LOL not that I don’t Love the events that I go to with my hubby, but this was a time for the wives to shine and I think that is what every one of the wives there did!!! The sponsors were Wonderful!! and Even the guys that were there seemed to enjoy the night. I really can’t wait to volunteer again to help set up another event like this one, its a real treat to see all the hard work that was done being enjoyed so much… and I was just a small part, I’m sure both you Wendy and Marie are just over joyed at how much this great group of wives loved having this event!!! I know its been asked before …. but …. When is the next one? LOL BRAVO ZULO LADIES, WAY TO GO!!

  7. Sarah,

    The night would not have been the same without you!

    Thank you so much for agreeing to dinner with us and allowing us to share you with all the ladies!

    Sharing your favorites is always more fun!!

    You were fantastic! Real, funny and down to earth….a true treat!

    🙂
    Wendy

  8. Megan (justasubwife)- This night would not have happened as smoothly if it wasn’t for your help! You really jumped in with both feet and I am so THANKFUL you came through for me and all the ladies. You really worked hard, I can’t thank you enough! The next one?? Ask me in a week…Im still recovering…

  9. OK, can I just say that I had no idea there was supposed to be a dance floor! I just assumed since that seems to be the standard at any Navy function. And can I also thank you for NOT having a silly cake! Here’s some statics:
    1.Miles of line dances danced by a Navy wife in 20 years-14.3

    2. Number of blisters from said line dances -5

    2. Number of unfunny jokes laughed at because of the joke teller- 23

    3. Pounds of celebratory cake eaten in a career- 75

    4. Pounds gained from said cake- 12 (not enough line dances)

    5. Times you wished you had taken dance lessons- 40, but girl, everyone can dance if you just close your eyes!
    Anyway, you guys did great! You brought all of the profesionalism of Navy functions, with the attention to detail of a family member.

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